Rolando Arrieta and Luis Trelles
Grantees Luis Trelles and Rolando Arrieta tell the remarkable story of three Cuban migrants who made a clandestine journey from Ecuador to El Paso. The Radio Ambulante broadcast on NPR is in Spanish (with English transcript), but it’s part of a larger project with the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald and 14yMedio about a humanitarian crisis that began with the Obama administration’s decision to end the “wet foot, dry foot” policy in January 2017. That policy guaranteed residency to any Cuban who could reach the United States. Its abrupt termination cast more than 2,000 Cubans traveling throughout Latin America into a political no-man’s land.
Even one’s own family history can be suspect terrain, as grantee Emily Codik discovered when she looked into how a safe haven for Holocaust refugees in the Dominican Republic became a sex-tourism hotspot.
Grantee Mark Johnson, in a story for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and USA Today, looks at the long-running battle between man and mosquito. The pesky insect is the carrier of deadly diseases, but do humans have the right to exterminate an entire species through genetic manipulation?